Schoenberg & Kandinsky. Artistic Revolutionaries  18 November 2013 until 16 March 2014

Wassily Kandinsky, Gelbe Mitte, 1926. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Foto: Studio Tromp, Rotterdam. © Pictoright 2013The exhibition Schoenberg & Kandinsky. Artistic Revolutionaries zooms in on the turbulent first two decades of the twentieth century, which witnessed a revolution in the worlds of art and music. While the painter Wassily Kandinsky laid the foundations of abstract art, composer Arnold Schoenberg developed a new tonal system in music. A concert of Schoenberg's music in Munich in 1911 inspired Kandinsky to paint the near-abstract composition Impression III that same evening. This concert also led Kandinsky to invite Schoenberg to participate in the first exhibition of the artists' group Der Blaue Reiter. 

Arnold Schoenberg was a multifaceted artist. He taught himself violin at the age of nine and went on to become one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century. He was also a self-taught draughtsman and designer and, influenced by his friendship with the artist Richard Gerstl, created an extensive body of visual art that deserves to be better known.

This exhibition at the Jewish Historical Museum brings together a large number of artworks and objects by Schoenberg that have never previously been seen in the Netherlands. They give an impression of the artist, his time and his contemporaries such as Gustav Mahler, Albert Einstein and Gabriele Münter. And, of course, Wassily Kandinsky.

Every Sunday: Mini Concerts on the Exhibition Floor

On Sundays there will be live music at the exhibition. Students at music schools in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hauge will choose one piece by Schoenberg or any of his predecessors and one piece of their own, inspired by this music and the images of Kandinsky. Compositions, instruments and performers vary per concert.

When: every Sunday (except December 29 and January 5)
Start: 12.30 and 13.30
Length: about 20 minutes

Guided Tours

You can reserve a guided tour at any desired time. Our professional guides lead you through the exhibition and can provide context of the many images and music. A guided tour of one hour costs €70,00 (excl. admission costs). Group size limited to 20 persons. To reserve your tour, please contact the department of Sales & Events: or +31 (0)20 5310 380.

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